History of Westport Baptist Church
A Partial History
1896 - 1923
| A group met at the
school house, located north of the present church house in Westport,
Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon, April 26, 1896, for the purpose of
organizing the Westport Baptist Church. The presbytery consisted of
Eld. E.M. Joyner and Eld. George Hollowell. Twenty-two (11 males and
11 females) came with letters of recommendation from Mt. Comfort, Oak
Grove and Concord Churches. These were Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bateman, Mr.
and Mrs. J.J. Bateman, Mr. and E.T. Butler, Elizah Butler, Mr. and Mrs.
A.M. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Joyner, Walter Joyner, A.B. King, Theodore
Lemons, Sallie Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Sanders, W.G. Sanders, B.E.
Sanders, and Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Spellings.
Eld. George Hollowell read the Articles of Faith, and
Eld. E.M. Joyner, the moderator, read the covenant. Bro. Hollowell
gave the charge to the church.
At meetings on April 30 and Mary 30, E.M. Joyner was
elected as permanent moderator and A.M. Hall as church clerk.
In June and July, J.L. Hilliard and wife joined and
W.C. McAuley and
wife, E.E. Sanders and J.L. Hilliard were elected deacons. N.G. Spellings
was elected chairman of the building committee. A lot south of the school
house - the present location of the church house - was bought and plans
made for a house, size 30' x 50'. A subscription was taken and amounted to
During the protracted meeting some joined by letter and
all were received for baptism, including E.E. Hicks and son, Garvin.
The first delegates elected to the Association at
Marlboro Church were E.M. Joyner and E.T. Butler. Thirty-one dollars
was collected as pay for the pastor.
In 1897 among the members received by experience and
baptism were Elijah Bateman, Garvin Joyner, Elbert Kirksey and Thomas
McArthur and wife. G.G. Blount and wife, Dora, joined by letter.
T.M. Boyd also joined by letter. The minutes record the church withdrawing
fellowship from a member for drunkenness.
In 1898 Garvin Joyner was elected sexton at 50 cents
per month. Joe Joyner and wife joined by letter, also J.C. Sanders, Jim
Joyner, and W.C. Sanders joined by experience and baptism.
In 1899, the minutes state that the deed to the church
was recorded and a group composed of E.T. Butler, A.M. Hall, E.E. Hicks,
J.L. Hilliard, E.E. Sanders, and N.G. Spellings paid off the note in full
which W.L. Sanders held against them. Each paid $17.62. No date is
recorded in the minutes when the group moved into the new church building,
but according to Bro. Garvin Joyner, many were so happy that day that they
should for joy.
S.K. Hurst was elected pastor. E.M. Joyner had
been elected each year since the organization of the church.
In 1906 there is recorded some withdrawing of
fellowship for drunkenness, dancing and giving of dances.
During the revival these were received by experience and
baptism: John Hilliard, Ethel Horn, Gertie McAuley, Rupert McAuley, Colie
Sanders, B.O. Sanders, and Clarence Rogers. E.M. Joyner was elected
pastor. The delegates to the Association were to vote against
cooperation with the State Mission Board and against a division of the
Association. N.G. Spellings succeeded A.M. Hall as Clerk.
The first mention of any offering for missions is
recorded in April 1901 and the amount was $4.30.
In 1902 Joe Joyner was ordained. Fleetwood Ball was
elected as pastor but did not serve. Charges for dealing in futures
for profit or loss were brought against a member.
In 1903 E.T. Butler and E.E. Hicks were elected
deacons. Charges were brought against another member for using
profanity and another for dealing in futures. Collection for
missions was $1.60.
In 1904 the church had no regular pastor. E.G. Butler held a
revival and was elected pastor but never served.
In 1905 Dan Brinkley served as pastor for a few months.
Then Bro. Summers was elected but never served. A.J. Butler, wife and
daughter were received as members. Some were dismissed for dancing and
joining the Hard Shell Baptists.
Bro. E.M. Joyner served the church when without a regular
pastor. T.M. Boyd was elected in September, 1906 and served a year. J.C.
Medlin joined by letter.
Bro. E.G. Butler held the revival in 1907. Ethel Merrick
joined by experience and baptism.
J.E. Miles was pastor in 1908. J.B. Petty and wife joined by
letter. Sally and Luretta Radford joined by experience and baptism and
G.A. Horn and wife. W.C. Sanders was elected clerk.
In 1909, J.M. Joyner was pastor. Eura Blount joined by experience
and baptism and M.A. Sanders and wife by letter.
In 1910 the church withdrew fellowship from a brother for drinking.
J.N. Joyner was pastor and G.G. Joyner clerk.
G.M. Workman was pastor in 1910-1912. The first foreign
mission offering was taken. The only copy of the letter to the Association
is recorded in 1911 as follows: Gospel Mission - $6.90; Foreign Missions -
$10.30; Orphans Home - $7.50; Pastors salary - $113.50; Ministerial help -
$60. Received by letter 7 and by baptism 10. Some of these
were Ludie Eubanks, Trula Petty, Archie Smith, Marshall Spellings, Ivan
Horn, Will Blount, Will Crider, Willie Compton, Lela Wilson and Ezra
In 1913 A.A. Jones was pastor until followed by T.M. Boyd.
The mission offering of $11.86 was divided and part sent for gospel
missions. Two offerings amounting to $21.96 were taken and sent to the
Tennessee Orphans Home. A new roof was placed on the church. Homer
Hilliard joined by experience and baptism. W.G. Sanders was elected church
The salary for T.M. Boyd, pastor for 1914, was set for $150.
The collection for Orphans Home was $9.27, for Foreign Missions $7.25 and
State Missions $3.00. Bro. Riley Hall was invited to help in the revival.
The church voted that the treasurer make a report of collections for the
pastor every three months and report who paid same.
In 1915 collection for missions was $12.50, State $2.58 and
Orphans Home $2.22. The church was repaired because of damage done by a
In 1916 charges were made against a member and his wife for
separation. Dr. C.T. Cox and wife joined and W.T. McCauley and wife and
daughter. Keziah Blount, Vonnell Merrick, John Helen Butler, and Glen
Joyner were received by experience and baptism during the revival held by
Bro. Ed Butler. A. Pinson led the singing.
Again in 1917 Bro. Ed Butler held the revival. O.C. Kirksey
and wife joined. Orphan's Home offering was $17.70 and Missions $8.30.
E.H. Martin was pastor 1917 - 1919, and Ezra Lewis became
church clerk in 1918. The church voted that the treasurer call the names
of those who paid to the support of the pastor. Those who could and did
not give were to be considered out of order. Bro. Powers was called to
help in the meeting in 1919. The church withdrew membership for a member
and his wife for giving dances. J.N. Joyner was elected pastor and served
1919 - 1923.